Radio Content Now On Demand

Comcast On-Demand

Comcast On-Demand

You hear about a lot of products and services nowadays that bring immediate gratification, described as “on-demand” (think Comcast). Television shows, videos, and now radio content. Most of us have filled schedules, leaving little time for things that are unimportant; we want the option of getting right down into it. What Daily Steak aims to do is to provide on-demand unbiased radio content, compiled from a number of different news channels with different vantage points, and put into a responsive mobile application that brings you the content you want to hear about.

Uninterested in the story? Skip it. Is it a story you want to know more about? Drill down into it. Just want a quick update on the latest developments? Listen to the 20 second summary, then move on. Want to adjust your newsfeed on what types of stories you want to know about? You set your own preferences, and we’ll find similar articles for you to read. Daily Steak allows for all this and much more.

We want to make the news consumption experience as modern as it can be; quick, smart, and responsive, we aim to bring a whole new meaning to on-demand.

What do you think about on-demand radio?

Helping You Tune In

Is information processing a relevancy issue? 

Do you find yourself tuning in and out of the news? Psychology research suggests that auditory and visual stimuli are prone to be temporary, fleeting after a few moments. This occurs when the stimuli are not converted to short-term memory.

How is this relevant to news consumption? It occurs when you find no interest in the current news story that is being broadcasted by your choice of news channel. Thus, there is a relevancy problem.

When this relevancy gap occurs, then you tend to tune out. While daily news consumption is about catching up on the most important new developments in your local area or even world-wide, it cannot fulfill everyone’s preferences. Each person is unique, and listening to the local news station or watching the news broadcast will inevitably bring forth news that will be uninteresting to you.

What Daily Steak is aiming to do is to close this gap; to only bring you news customized to your preferences, and trying to make news consumption more efficient and more relevant. No more tuning in and out.

What do you think about this relevance gap? Does it apply to you?

Are Niche News Apps Merely a Fad?

Niche news apps

We found a question on Quora regarding mobile applications, and found it of most interest to us. There are many niche news apps nowadays; it makes sense when there is such an increase in mobile device usage. But are these niche news apps soon to die?

These news apps bring forth something the traditional ways of news consumption cannot, whether it is a summary of the article or a shortened video version of the full story. These news apps offer value to a specific audience: to those who want news in a condensed format that is interesting and personalized. These news apps are meant to be customized to a person’s taste, to take into account what their preferences are and mold the daily news to their interests.

Who doesn’t like personalized applications, made to make life easier for you? In a world in which we are overloaded with our daily priorities and mere distractions, we have little time for issues such as worrying about which news articles to skip and which ones are worth looking into. The value of these news apps is not a problem; the real question is how they could be improved.

What could niche news apps improve on to better your experience?


News Consumption Trends



From our previous posts, we can clearly see a rise in the use of smartphones and mobile devices for news consumption. However, the infographic (by Carlos Monteiro) below illustrates further differences between genders, devices, and types of apps.

Here we see consumers prefer niche news apps above all else, even above newspaper apps, which reign in almost half of all mobile news consumers. Smartphones, preferred by men, are for newspaper apps, and tablets, preferred by women, are for television apps. Both genders tend to stick with known media channels.

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Does this information ring true for you? If not, what are your preferences?

Out With The Old, and In With The New

Out with the old

Out with the old

You’ve read up on how newspapers and news radio stations are becoming less and less popular for news consumption among the younger generations. You’ve seen the statistics on the increasing trend of getting daily news via mobile devices, and the use of several devices to gauge reactions and compare viewpoints and opinions.

Daily Steak is the next generation of news apps. Not only does Daily Steak have a Pandora-like algorithm to find you the most interesting and relevant news personalized to your tastes, but it also provides short headlining summaries of each story. Keeping it short and simple isn’t all it can do, because you can choose to delve deeper into the story by drilling into the full article after hearing the shortened summary of it. Then you can compare multiple perspectives, using it as a vantage point to oversee all opinions and allowing you to gather information to form your own opinions.

With such a huge advantage, Daily Steak is available to replace old technologies of news consumption. But how will Daily Steak improve and keep itself “new” in our society of ever-changing technological advancements? Will it come with voice control? Will it expand to using videos?

Do you agree with Daily Steak possibly being a replacement to older forms of news consumption?

Social News

News is becoming more social. With the rise of news grazing and the second screen phenomenon, we can see that there is an increasing trend of consuming news through social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, where articles and videos are easily and quickly shared.

Below shows what roles certain social media sites play in the consumption of news for its users. Reddit leads the pack with 62%, and Twitter and Facebook follow closely with 52% and 47%, respectively.

This trend suggests that the trend of news grazing is not only prevalent in our society today, but encouraged. With the amount of information made readily available at the click of a mouse, we can easily find and filter through news that we want to know about. In fact, 35% of adults who use social networking sites for news actually consume news from at least 2 different sites. Perhaps this is to allow comparison between the opinions of the different people that they follow, or to find relevant information in a number of different interests.

Though many people are going digital, social media has not completely replaced the traditional forms of news consumption. People are also reading printed newspapers, watching cable/local news, and listening to their radios for news. This further promotes the second screen phenomenon; with more screens and more sources, people can more easily fact-check or get multiple perspectives about a certain story.

Do you participate in the consumption of news on social networking websites? Which ones?

Profile Series: “The Curator Interview”


Expert in all things cultural with big aspirations, Gregory Surh, Optimization Coordinator of Daily Steak.

Why don’t you tell us a little bit about where you’re from, and what you’ve been up to since before Daily Steak?

Well, I was born in Redwood City and I grew up in San Carlos, so I’ve basically been in Bay Area for pretty much my entire life. I went to the University of Colorado for my undergraduate studies, getting a double major in General Humanities and English (I wanted to be an English teacher at the time!). I went on to complete a 1-year masters program at the University of Chicago, majoring in something that no one has really heard of! It’s called cultural policy. That’s my thing. I’m very very proud of this particular track. I got an internship as a curatorial assistant at the Chicago History Museum, and then became a private architectural history tour guide for a few months. Now I’m back in the Bay Area and am working with Daily Steak!

How did you really get started with Daily Steak?

It’s really interesting, actually! I knew Reza, who was interning for Nick at the time. Reza knew I was looking for work, so he, without my knowledge, found my resume and sent it to Nick. He also sent over a brief promotional video of the city of Chicago I posted on YouTube during my time as a tour guide. The next thing I know is, I get a call from Nick, who tells me, “So your friend Reza sent me your resume, and I absolutely love sound of your voice!”. So Nick decided to bring me onboard to make audio content for the app! I’m quite surprised Nick brought me on board! I’m a humanities major, not a techie!

Well, we’re glad to have you on board! So you were originally going to make audio content. I know you’re also doing some marketing and design work. What exactly does your current position entail?

Well, I’m working with 3 different parts right now. I’m part of marketing, working with [Kimberly], and looking at the quantitative data and trying to extrapolate trends and hypothesis. I am also currently writing blog posts while doing some SEO practices. I work with AJ, and am in the process of learning how to incorporate that information into Graphic Design, producing infographics for the website. The last part is working with Katy, who is the content manager. I produce and edit audio and written content, primarily through voice-over narration and broadcast recordings. Maybe I’ll eventually be the “voice of app”!  Since my time here started, I’ve been wearing multiple hats, and working with 3 seemingly separate departments. Now I’m trying to build this interesting niche, this space that traverses between these different responsibilities. But I’m definitely having a lot of fun so far! I’m thinking about putting my title on my business card in the future, and being able to flash it around. It will be interesting to see how people react to it!

Those 3 departments do seem very different! Is there one aspect you like more than the others?

Thats a hard one. I actually really enjoy the writing; I’m having lots of fun with it!

Tell us about your hobbies!

Back then, I was really into distance running! A LOT actually! Right now, I’m a big fan of museums, arts, cultural events, such as concerts, theaters, museums, films. It’s my artsy humanities side coming out!

I can tell you’re definitely passionate about culture. You mentioned museums more than once! What’s your favorite museum?

It would definitely have to be the Smithsonian Institution, because of the quality of their exhibits. It’s my dream location to work within 10 years, or when I have lots of experience under my belt. You might ask me what cultural policy is. This place defines cultural policy, because it’s a cultural organization, a collection of museums, and a research center, but also a political organization, where workers are often federal employees and funding comes from the federal government. It’s also part of the national archives! It’s the perfect mix of public policy and culture!

Did you always know you wanted to work with museums?

Well, I originally planned to get a Phd and be a literature professor. But during the 9 months masters program, I got more interested in “field work.” I couldn’t sit in lecture halls and I didn’t like idea of completing masters without ever leaving the grounds of the university. I switched paths when I met the executive director of an organization called The Cultural Policy Center. She later became my boss and thesis advisor, and encouraged me to get off campus and get out into the field. I ended up doing a lot of my work at cultural organizations and museums in Chicago, and even made a trip to the Smithsonian Institution during spring break to compete thesis work, which was great!

That’s where my switch came. During my field of research, I noticed that that [cultural organizations and museums] are becoming a lot more technical, a lot more digital. Computer skills and hard science skills are becoming very valued at these organizations! So following my grad school experience and internships, that’s when I figured I needed to get more actual technical skills. I have a theoretical and conceptual background at a very high level, and now I need to start building my technical skills alongside my humanities skills.

I know you’ve been doing most of the interviewing. How have you been liking getting to know everyone on a deeper level?

It feels great!  I’m talking with Octavio and Mikey and Illahi, they’re all computer science guys! It’s cool to meet that type of connection. We all have different backgrounds, but we’re still coming together on this project.

I’ve noticed you’ve been giving everyone a nickname!

You’re going to think i’m the biggest nerd in the world! I like my computer games and my fantasy genre (chuckles). I saw the “heros wanted” post on the website, so my mind automatically flashed to the Fellowship of the Ring, and of course, World of Warcraft! Of course, Joseph Campbell’s A Hero of a Thousand Faces comes into play as well. So I wanted to create this series of different archetypes banding together on this adventure, this great undertaking. I’m glad you can’t see my giant hand gestures on screen, but I love it!

So, what’s next for you?

Well, my immediate steps are to focus on making compelling content, because the only way to market something is to have the best content. As we move further into the public sphere, one of my goals is to expand the position to include Public Relations and Engagement.

My long term goal is to go back to the museum and cultural world. The jobs I’m looking for require marketing, content development, professional blogging, and technical skills (though not necessarily coding). Human resources and fundraising are noble pursuits among the nonprofit and cultural world, but it’s not my calling. I like to do stuff; I like to make stuff! I just really want to immerse myself in the cultural world.

You’re well on your way to the Smithsonian Institution! Keep up the good work!

Do You Perceive Media Bias?

Journalism was founded on a number of principles, two of which include trust and credibility. In the fiery storm of political issues, unbiased news sources are seemingly hard to find. In a society where corruption cannot be entirely abolished, opinions could be easily bought and votes could be forcibly swung. Though not all cases are at such extreme measures, it doesn’t mean that there exists only unbiased news reporting.

In fact, even those who consume news perceive media bias in certain channels. In 2012, 37% of Americans agree that there is political bias in news coverage; this number rose from 31% in just 4 years. In addition, about 49% of Republicans see a great deal of media bias, while only 32% of Democrats do.

What we also see is talk about over-correction in media bias. As more and more people perceive the existence of news bias, media channels try to salvage their image by “correcting their bias”, and thus bring biased news when there wasn’t any to begin with.

If journalism doesn’t bring us the truth, where are we to find it? Continue reading

The Second Screen Phenomenon

Election time is full of chaos; endless updates on all forms of digital and print media, political debates in online forums and on social media platforms, the desire to check our mobile devices anytime and anywhere to check up on the stats.

Mixing live events, such as U.S. presidential debates and election night, with the availability of mobile devices has spawned a term called “second screen phenomenon.” This occurs when a person is not only watching television, but at the same time also utilizing another mobile device, perhaps to complement the program they are watching.

PEW Research has found that 27% of respondents watching election night not only used online sources, but also television to get their updates on the matter.

Not only do these mobile devices allow users to be updated on the most current happenings, but also add to monitor media responses, fact check the debate, follow live reactions of different reporters, and to add to the live social media buzz on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

This second screen phenomenon suggests that we are being enabled and encouraged to consume news. It suggests that our mobile devices, such as our phones and tablets, are tools that can help us to stay informed of the news and to consume news more easily than ever before.

Do you find yourself taking part in the second screen phenomenon?